The GTL'ing (gym, tan, laundry) castmembers of MTV's phenomenon, "The Jersey Shore," responded Thursday to recent criticism lofted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie earlier in the week.
During an interview with NBC's "The Today Show," four members of the mostly non-New Jerseyite crew shrugged off Gov. Christie's comments in which he accused the show of casting an "unrealitic" and "negative" light on New Jersey by shipping in outsiders to create an uncharacteristic depiction of the state.
"Our show is about coming to the shore and having a good time," Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, a New York native, said in response to Christie's claims. "You don't have to be from New Jersey. The shore is about getting a shore house. You can be from you know, Connecticut, whatever, New York. You come down here and have a good time."
The show, which is currently in the midst of filming its third season in Seaside Heights, New Jersey (the same location as the first season), prominently features extensive drinking, partying, sex and general debauchery, activities that Gov. Christie didn't appear to believe were indicative of the residents of New Jersey.
"I love New Jersey. I love coming here," said Rhode Islander Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio. "It's a blast and everybody likes to have us here. We have a lot of friends here."
"And if we can help out the pockets of New Jersey that's a big bonus for us," added Vinny Guadagnino, a New Yorker.
Watch: (Skip to 6:30 for response to Christie):